Hudson Valley Demolition Alert
December 24, 2010
Public Bath Number 4,
Yonkers' Public Bath Number 4, one of
three surviving bath houses in Yonkers, is due to be demolished in January 2011.
Built as part of the urban movement to provide sanitary facilities for
working class city dwellers, the building later served as a public pool. Public
Bath Number 4 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with
bath houses 2 and 3. Public Bath Number 1 was demolished in the 1960s.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#Bath4
John Green House,
The Village of Nyack is considering condemning
and demolishing the John Green House. Believed to have been built about
1815-1820, the house is thought to be Nyack's oldest surviving structure. The
home is privately owned and in foreclosure. The Village Administrator was quoted
in the Journal News stating that the house should be "taken to the
ground." Several interested parties have inquired to the village about
buying the land and razing the house.
Source Article: "Nyack may raze historic home." By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News, December 21, 2010.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#nyack
COLONIAL HOUSE, WEST NYACK, NY
United Water has applied for a permit to demolish a circa-1774 house in West Nyack. The utility company has neglected maintenance at the two-story colonial house, known as "Teaberry Port," and the company wants to demolish the house in order to sell the property.
Source Article: "Future of historic West Nyack home uncertain." By Hema Easley, the Journal news, December 21, 2010.
ST. PETER'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, KINGSTON, NY
The former St. Peter's Elementary School in the Rondout section of Kingston, NY, burned on Tuesday December 21, 2010. The 1911 school building had been vacant for some years, but had been undergoing renovations since March of this year. A two million dollar state grant was being applied towards reopening the school as a day care center for children of migrant farm workers. The Kingston Freeman reported that the fire might have totally destroyed the building, and that the fire is believed to have been caused by arson.
Source Article: "Fire destroys former school building." By Freeman staff, The Daily Freeman, December 22, 2010.
UPDATE: NORTH ASTOR STREET, IRVINGTON, NY
Demolition has begun at the 1860s commercial building at Astor Street in Irvington.
December 13, 2010
* Tarrytown's Historic Village Hall was demolished Saturday December 4, 2010.
* The 19th-century building at North Astor Street in Irvington (see entry http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#Astor) will be demolished next week.
December 3, 2010
The Freeman House, a good example of a early residential stone building typical of the Hudson Valley, was demolished in October 2010. The house stood on Route 9W in Port Ewen, near Kingston, and a Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union will be constructed on its site.
Source Articles: "A Look Back." Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture
newsletter, October-December 2010. Vol. 13, No.10-12. Photograph courtesy of
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#Freeman
HISTORIC VILLAGE HALL, TARRYTOWN, NY: UPDATE
Demolition has begun at the historic Village Hall in Tarrytown. The rear addition an detached apartment / garage have been demolished.
November 4, 2010
Public officials in Millbrook are pushing
for the demolition of Halcyon Hall and the nearby buildings of the Bennett
School for Girls. In January 2010, the village of Millbrook Building Inspector
Ken McLaughlin posted a Notice of Unsafe Buildings for the property. On August
30, Hearing Officer Richard Golden sustained the notice in a report to Millbrook
village Mayor Laura Hurley. The zoning officer was to establish by the end of
September 2010 a timetable for demolition.
Source Articles: "Bennett College to be torn down." By Christine Bates, the Millerton news. September 9, 2010.
"Wrecker's ball for Bennett College buildings?" By Mike Hagerty, the Millerton News. February 11, 2010.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#halcyon
October 15, 2010
The New York State Department of
Transportation is moving ahead with plans to demolish three buildings in Stony
Point. The D.O.T. recently completed the replacement of the Farley
Memorial Bridge over Cedar Pond Brook. As part of the bridge replacement
project, the D.O.T. plans to redesign this busy intersection to better
accommodate the turning radius of large trucks that frequent the area. However
these plans are disastrous to the neighboring character of the village. A total
of 3 buildings, including Malloy's Pharmacy, will be demolished in order to accommodate
the new intersection. Malloy's probably dates to the late 1860's and is a good
example of Italianate storefront architecture. All three buildings have been
marked with the works "DEMO."
Text and photograph courtesy of Matthew Zeihnert.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#malloy
Several buildings were demolished this
summer at the A.C. Dutton Lumber Yard Poughkeepsie. The buildings, some recently
burned, include two office buildings, a warehouse and a garage/repair
Source Article: "Building demolition to begin at Poughkeepsie Brownfield site." Mid-Hudson News, June 29, 2010.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#dutton
June 25, 2010
Historic Village Hall,
Plans are underway to raze the building
that was the long-time home of Tarrytown's Village Hall. Originally, the
building was a mansion that was moved from its former location when the Warner
Library was built in the 1920s. The Reverend Edward C. Bull was one local
notable who lived in the house when it was located on Broadway. The house is an
exceptionally handsome example of the French Second Empire style, which was
popular from the late 1850s through the 1890s. Other similar mansions in this
style in Westchester County are listed on the National Register of Historic
Places, suggesting that this house is also eligible to be listed on the
Register. It is one of several mansions that still survive along the Broadway
corridor, once lined with many fine homes. The house retains many interior and
exterior architectural details.
The Village of Tarrytown sold the building to the development company National RE/sources with the understanding that moderate-income housing will be developed on the site. National RE/sources is the developer that has constructed condominiums along the Hudson River in Tarrytown; unfortunately it seems that affordable units weren't included at the more-desirable waterfront site, but will be sited at a separate location. It is unfortunate is the former village hall would be demolished, rather than be preserved and renovated into apartments. The property also includes a detached garage and apartment in addition to the former village hall.
Source Article: "Old Village Hall to be Demolished for Housing." By Robert Kimmel, the Hudson Independent, June 1, 2010.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#Tarrytown
April 28, 2010
Hudson River State
Two fires April 23 and April 24 damaged
buildings at the Hudson River State Hospital in Poughkeepsie. The building shown
above, possible designed in collaboration between Frederick Withers and Calvert
Vaux, served as staff housing and sat close to Route 9, and its interior appears
to have been completely destroyed. In 2007, parts of the main hospital building
also were destroyed by fire.
Source Article: "2 separate fires at former psych center suspicious; probe continues." By Sarah Bradshaw, the Poughkeepsie Journal, April 25, 2010.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#HRSH
The entire remnant of the Hudson River
village of Newton Hook is threatened with demolition. The New York State
Department of Transportation is determined to use federal stimulus funds to
eliminate the at-grade railroad crossing at Route 9J and Ferry Road, which leads
to six historic homes and public access to the Hudson. The DOT proposed building
a new connector road from another crossing further north, but the State
Department of Environmental Conservation opposes any new road that might
infringe on wetlands, however small the impact may be. Thus, without vehicular
access, the homes would be condemned and demolished, and public access to the
Hudson River would be restricted. Despite concerns about safety at this
crossing, State officials have admitted that only one accident is on record, and
local residents insist that a traffic light may be all that is needed to
alleviate any concerns over traffic accidents at the crossing. Newton Hook
located north of Hudson, NY, in Columbia County, was once a typical vibrant
river landing, with brickyards and ice harvesting companies working the river
year-round, supported by numerous homes, hotels and small businesses. Today, small
ruins of the Cary Brickyard and the preserved-ruin of the R & W Scott Ice
Company powerhouse stand beside these threatened historic homes, including one property
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Source Article: "Hudson River link may be cut." By Brian Nearing, the Albany Times Union, April 20, 2010.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#newtonhook
Pyngyp Schoolhouse, Stony Point, NY
We have also received unofficial word that the Pyngyp School in Stony Point, NY (Rockland County) is threatened with demolition. Visit Richard Cunningham's flickr page for a photo of the Pyngyp School.
January 29, 2010
Hudson River Knitting
Following a small structural failure in
2009, a large portion of the former Hudson River Knitting Mill was recently
demolished. The mill consisted of several buildings, one of which still stands
and may be preserved. Insurance maps from the 1880s show Edwin Groat as the
proprietor of the Hudson River Knitting Mill. In the early 1900s, the buildings
were home to the Beaver Knitting Mills, the Swans Down Knitting Company, and
Thermo Mills. With your mouse, scroll over the image above, recorded on March
12, 2005, to see a photograph of the site post-demolition, taken by Fred Rieck
on January 28, 2010.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#hudson
January 26, 2010
Anaconda Wire and Cable
Demolition has resumed at the Anaconda
Wire and Cable Company factory in Hastings-on-Hudson. About half of the factory
complex was demolished in 2004, and the remainder of the buildings are slated to
be razed soon. The wire testing laboratory, shown above, is currently being
demolished. Other structures still standing at this moment include two brick
buildings and the water tower.
More Anaconda Wire and Cable:
Hudson Valley Ruins - Tom Rinaldi
Hudson Valley Ruins - Rob Yasinsac
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#anaconda
BANNERMAN'S ISLAND ARSENAL UPDATE:
Another significant portion of " Bannerman's Castle" collapsed this weekend, leaving only the west wall and part of the south wall of the Tower standing above the ruins of other, smaller, structures that comprise the private military surplus warehouse known as Bannerman's Island Arsenal. Click here for an updated photograph of the castle ruins.
January 2, 2010
A major portion of Bannerman's Castle
collapsed this weekend. On Saturday December 26 or Sunday December 27, the
southeast corner of the Tower collapsed. The Tower is the tallest portion of the
castle, built by Francis Bannerman VI as Bannerman's Island Arsenal, a private
military surplus warehouse. Approximately one-third of the south wall of the
tower collapsed, and approximately two-thirds of the east wall of the tower
Although the integrity of the tower has been compromised, it is hoped that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will work strategically and financially with the Bannerman Castle Trust to save the remaining ruins. According to the Trust, "the unprecedented damage, caused by aging mortar and unprotected brick damaged by the elements, underscores the need for immediate action to save this endangered historic and scenic treasure in the Hudson River." To learn how to help preserve Bannerman's Castle, visit the official Bannerman Castle Trust website, www.bannermancastle.org, and read the official press release.
More Bannerman's Castle collapse:
Hudson Valley Ruins - Rob Yasinsac
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#banner
12-14 North Astor Street,
A developer announced plans at a recent
Village of Irvington board meeting to demolish an 1860s commercial building on
North Astor Street. The plan to demolish the three-story building, shown at
right in the photograph above, has drawn opposition from many in the village. It
stands opposite the Irvington train station, immediately north of Main Street.
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#Astor
Tuxedo Electric Light
Company power station,
This handsome power station along the
Ramapo River, situated just north of the Tuxedo train station, has been
demolished. A small portion of the building has been awkwardly preserved to form
what appears to be a bandstand (scroll over the image with mouse to see current
rendition of the power station). This hydro-electric power station may have
been built for the Tuxedo Electric Light Company, and was later owned by the
Orange and Rockland Electric Company. The building was out of commission and
abandoned when photographed, above, by Tom Rinaldi in 2004.
More Tuxedo power station:
Hudson Valley Ruins - Tom Rinaldi
Link to this entry: http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/alert/2010.html#Tuxedo